Best Weight Loss Drinks

Sometimes life can get in the way of keeping track of your health, which is why weight loss drinks are a popular option to turn to. They are often quick and convenient, but there a few things to know before saying 'bottoms up' and drinking to your good health. Continue Reading...

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Lite n' Easy
  • Award Winner 2022
4.4 from 6,307 reviews

Featured review: The Lite n' Easy program is very easy to follow. For me the best feature is that I do NOT have to do any food preparation. After many years of having to think and prepare food for my family it is a real luxury for me to be able to just go to the fridge or freezer and everything is packaged and ready to go. The meals are absolutely delicious with many choices available and they are filling and sooooo healthy !!!!!!!

Fresh, delicious food
Delivers on time
Can aid with weight loss
  • Value for Money
    4.4 (2,134)

Best Weight Loss Drink

Tribeca Health Green Tea X50
4.5 from 606 reviews

The Tribecca Health Green Tea X50 is a weight loss tea filled with antioxidants and designed to provide plenty of energy. Their popular original product is the classic green tea flavour, with the tea also available in other flavours, such as iced coffee and chocolate.

  • Value for Money
    1.0 (1)
  • Taste
    3.7 (10)
  • Weight LostYes (3) and No change (7)
  • Product TypeTea
2nd Best Weight Loss Drink
BODi
4.4 from 125 reviews

BODi is an appetite suppressing weight loss drink that is carb-free and low in calories. The formulated meal replacement contains 17 vitamins and minerals, along with protein.

  • Taste
    4.1 (69)
  • Weight LostYes (60), No change (11) and No, gained weight (1)
3rd Best Weight Loss Drink
The Lady Shake

The Lady Shake

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4.1 from 1,245 reviews

The Lady Shake is a popular weight loss drink that’s sold as a protein-blend shake containing milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate and collagen peptides.

  • Value for Money
    4.2 (617)
  • Taste
    4.1 (859)
  • Weight LostYes (657), No change (163) and No, gained weight (12)
  • Product TypeMeal Replacement
  • FlavourBanana, Caramel, Chocolate, Choc Mint, Coffee, Strawberry and Vanilla
The Man Shake

The Man Shake

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4.0 from 518 reviews

The Man Shake is a popular weight loss drink that’s sold as a protein blend shake containing milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate.

  • Value for Money
    3.3 (100)
  • Taste
    4.1 (311)
  • Weight LostYes (245), No change (50) and No, gained weight (8)
  • Product TypeMeal Replacement
  • FlavourBanana, Caramel, Chocolate, Choc Mint, Coffee, Strawberry and Vanilla
Celebrity Slim
3.9 from 286 reviews

Latest review: Have lost a few kilos in a couple of weeks. of course it doesn't help for too long. the soups and bars couldn't find any in any of the stores. too sweet.

  • Value for Money
    1.7 (3)
  • Taste
    4.3 (18)
  • Weight LostYes (13) and No change (5)

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ALDI Essential Health Slim & Trim

ALDI Essential Health Slim & Trim

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3.9 from 144 reviews

A fast-selling and popular weight loss drink, if you want to try the ALDI shake, you’d better grab it fast. With no artificial colours, sweeteners, and no added preservatives, the ALDI shake is a cheap and convenient option.

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    3.6 (22)
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    4.2 (45)
  • Weight LostYes (28) and No change (15)
  • Product TypeMeal Replacement
  • FlavourChocolate, Coffee, Strawberry and Vanilla
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3.6 from 574 reviews

OptiFast VLCD shakes are high-protein, low-calorie shakes that OptiFast states can be used to replace any meal.

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  • IngredientsNo artificial colours or flavours
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Lite n' Easy
  • Award Winner 2022
4.4 from 6,307 reviews

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three flavoured weight loss shakes, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate with scoop of powder

What can I drink to lose weight fast?

It’s important to note straight off the bat that there is no miracle cure for reducing belly fat or other body fat overnight. Even though some weight loss drinks claim to be fast working, no product will give you instant results.

Progress takes patience, and will likely also involve trial and error in finding the right weight loss drink for you, as everyone’s body is different and may respond differently to the same ingredients.

Weight loss drinks won’t be effective when used in isolation. They should be one part of a structured weight loss program, taken along with regular exercise and healthy meal planning. If you’re not sure where to start, a doctor or dietician can help you find the best weight loss program for your individual needs.

Weight loss teas

Teas for weight loss include slimming teas, which claim to increase fat burning, boost metabolism and suppress appetite; detox teas, which remove toxins and promote weight loss; and fit teas, which aim to boost energy levels. Some products have multiple purposes, for example the Bondi Beach Tea Co. B-Slim Tea is both a detox and fit tea.

Weight loss teas are made using a blend of tea leaves, which contain caffeine, and herbs.

Pros

There is evidence that the active ingredient green tea extract has positive effects on burning fat and increasing metabolism.

Cons

Natural ingredient list doesn’t necessarily make them safe for consumption.
The inclusion of laxatives and diuretics can just increase bowel movements and make you lose water weight, rather than fat.
Can be expensive, especially if you’re planning to use them long term.

The benefits

When it comes to weight loss teas, the products that contain green tea extract are the most effective. Green tea extract for weight loss is high in antioxidants known as catechins. These cachetins can be beneficial in burning fat and boosting metabolism, if you also exercise regularly at least 3 times a week.

When catchetins (particularly one called EGCG) are combined with caffeine (which occurs naturally in green tea) the effect is increased. Fat broken down from fat cells can then, ideally, be used as an energy source.

The side effects

Diuretics

Many weight loss teas contain diuretics, which make you urinate frequently. As a result, any short-term weight loss may be caused by losing water weight, instead of losing fat. This can cause you to become dehydrated and have an electrolyte imbalance, and isn’t actually resulting in sustainable weight loss. Drinking water to stay hydrated is important when you're trying out a new weight loss tea.

Laxatives

Other teas contain laxatives, and considering caffeine itself is a laxative, this can get uncomfortable. These ingredients will loosen your bowels, and have you going to the toilet more often - but, again, you won’t be losing fat.

Sometimes laxatives may come in the form of seemingly innocent natural ingredients. For example, senna is a herbal medicine often used to empty the large intestine before surgery. When drunk in a weight loss tea, it can cause pain, stomach cramps, diarrhea and even liver damage.

Other natural diuretics, like hawthorn, juniper, and hibiscus, may be okay in very small doses, however it can be difficult to know when you’re overdoing it, especially if it’s recommended that you drink the tea more than twice a day.

Weight loss shakes

These are also known as meal replacement shakes or liquid meal replacements, or , as they’re designed to be substituted for 1-2 meals per day. They contain a lower amount of calories than in a typical meal, with the aim of putting you into a caloric deficit to promote weight loss.

Most weight loss shakes have around 150-350 calories per shake, with options towards the higher end of the scale often including milk products and/or some form of protein.

Pros

The effective options contain a carefully formulated mixture of vitamins and minerals to make sure you still get your nutritional needs met.
Quicker to prepare than a meal, making them a convenient option for weeknights.
Can be cheaper per serve than the groceries bought to make a meal.
Often available in a wide range of flavours - some weight loss shakes actually taste okay. Adding some fruit, or milk instead of water can also make them palatable.

Cons

Some shakes can leave you feeling hungry - and reaching for the snacks.
Not designed to be relied on as a long-term dieting option.
Can be easy to fall off the wagon if you intend to replace every meal with a shake.

The benefits

Weight loss shakes can be a quick and convenient way to lose unwanted kilos in the short term. You don’t have to worry about portion control or making sure you’ve satisfied your nutritional needs. You just dump the recommended amount of powder into some liquid and drink it.

Shakes still may not taste as great as a freshly cooked meal, but remember you don't have to substitute every meal. Even replacing one meal a day with a shake can lead to results.

The best weight loss shakes make you feel full, and also stop you craving snacks in between meals. If you find yourself still feeling hungry, you can increase your shake serving or find a more calorie-dense option.

The downsides

Everyone’s body will have different requirements in terms of how many calories they need per day, depending on factors like their age, gender, height and body weight, as well as lifestyle factors, like the frequency and type of any exercise undertaken.

While the aim is to be in a caloric deficit to lose weight, you can have too few calories in a meal replacement shake. When this happens, you’ll still feel hungry after drinking a shake, and could turn to snacking to make up the difference - which isn’t going to help you lose weight.

Weight loss shakes aren’t intended to be a long-term solution to curb weight gain. Eventually, you’ll transition back to eating full meals. Unless you have a healthy eating plan in place, it can be easy to jump back into old habits of overindulging, especially at restaurants or parties.

As less common but potential side effects, drastically decreasing calories can sometimes result in the reduced absorption of some nutrients, a slower metabolism and an inability to know when you feel full or not.

Since weight loss shakes often don’t contain fibre, it’s also recommended that you have at least one meal a day with fibre in it, like a high-fibre breakfast cereal.

Weight loss supplements

Weight loss drink supplements come in the form of liquids, or powders that you dissolve in liquid. However, there are also weight loss pills.

They contain a variety of ingredients, such as herbs, minerals, vitamins, fibre and sometimes caffeine. Their purposes are also varied, and include suppressing appetite, stopping fat or carbs from being absorbed, or boosting metabolism.

Pros

You can still keep eating meals while drinking a weight loss supplement.

Cons

If not combined with a healthy diet or exercise, these may be ineffective.
There are limited clinical trials proving the effectiveness of weight loss drink supplements.
Active ingredients can have side effects, especially when consumed regularly in high doses. This includes caffeine, which can cause headaches, increased stress and a racing heartbeat.
Many are not required to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association for safety before being released to the public.

Detox and Cleanse products

Detox diets are intended to remove toxins from the kidneys, liver and colon, including sugar, fat and alcohol. They may be a tempting option after a period of unhealthy eating, like holidays or after lockdown. Many detox options for weight loss are detox teas.

Products that promote a cleanse are designed to remove a particular food or group of foods from your diet to aid in weight loss. Examples of cleanses include removing acidic foods, allergy-inducing foods, refined sugar, dairy or alcohol.

Detoxes and cleanses are short-term options, and usually last from 1 to 30 days. Often, weight loss is considered a positive benefit, rather than the primary outcome.

Other things to consider before buying a weight loss drink

Taste

Weight loss drinks are usually flavoured to make them more palatable. You may think that you can just pinch your nostrils together and bear the taste. However, if you’re drinking a shake instead of the majority of your meals in a week, a drink with an unpleasant flavour or aftertaste will make sticking out your weight loss goals much more challenging.

Brands that offer sample packs or small sizes can be helpful in allowing you to select a flavour that you enjoy, or at least don’t mind.

Some reviewers of shakes reported adding a few extra treats to help them look forward to their drinks more. This included milk, fruits like mango, bananas and berries, and peanut butter.

Value for money

Typically, meal replacement shakes are the most expensive weight loss drink types. Since they replace meals, you’ll save money on your grocery bill by paying for a shake instead.

There are still wide price discrepancies between different brands. For example, a shake from BODi will cost you around $9 per shake, while The Man Shake and Lady Shake are around $3 per shake, and a single-serve sachet of ALDI’s Slim & Trim shake is $1.99.

However, the price has to be weighed up against whether the shakes actually work for you - if you’ve found a winner, you may not mind paying a little extra for a product that effectively helps you lose weight.

Ingredient safety

If you’re experiencing side effects from a weight loss drink, such as headaches, nausea, or a racing heart, it could be that the high concentration of a certain ingredient - for example one containing caffeine - is giving you an adverse reaction.

Always check the ingredients first to make sure there isn’t an ingredient that won’t sit well with you. If you’re on any existing medications, check with your GP that a particular weight loss drink won’t clash with the medication or aggravate existing health conditions. For example, the high amounts of caffeine in many weight loss drinks are generally not recommended for people who experience IBS, high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

You might not have any existing conditions or concerns, but would prefer no hidden nasties in your healthy drink. It’s possible to source weight loss drinks that contain no artificial colours or flavours, or no artificial sweeteners.

The bottom line

There are plenty of weight loss drinks on the market today, and some may be able to assist in helping you reach your weight loss goals. For a weight loss drink to be effective, make sure it's ingredients have proven benefits to weight loss, and are safe with no side effects. Weight loss drinks should not be used in isolation, and for them to help with sustainable weight loss, they shoud be part a holistic weight loss plan incorporating exercise and healthy eating.